Support on board

Frequently asked questions about working on board.

Are you looking for crew members aboard the ship?

By now we have a large pool of experienced Search –and Rescue team members, but we are regularly looking for new competent team members.

Which criteria do I have to fulfill, in order to become part of the Search and Rescue- team?

Knowledge in the maritime field and / or sea rescue is a prerequisite condition. Due to the extreme environment, high physical and mental resilience is also required. “Personal survival techniques” and / or “basic safety training” certificates are desirable.

For how long do you stay onboard as a team member?

Please note: Due to the current situation, where time on board might be extended due to stand-offs or the need for quarantines, it is more difficult to predict the duration of a rotation.

Normally, one rotation in the central Mediterranean lasts about three weeks. Afterwards the ship must return to a port, for a crew change for example, for up to three days. Team members are asked to stay aboard for at least two rotations (six weeks) and for a maximum of three rotations (nine weeks). Due to the long training period and the high demand on board, we do not make any exception to these rules. This is in both your and our best interest.

What does the team aboard look like?

Our team is made up of our Search and Rescue Team (SAR), a medical and care team, a communications team as well as a marine crew of nine people from the shipowner’s company. Our SAR team includes one SAR coordinator, a deputy SAR coordinator and eleven SAR –team –members. The medical team consists of a team leader, a doctor, a nurse and a midwife. We also have a care team onboard with a care team leader, a logistician and a cultural mediator. Our communications team is composed of a communications officer and a photographer/videographer. In addition, there are places for two independent journalists / media.

Do you also offer to join the medical team, the care team or the marine crew?

We are regularly looking for new applicants to the medical team and care team positions. As the marine crew is provided by the shipowner, SOS MEDITERRANEE Is not involved in the recruitment of marine crew members.

Who do I contact to work as a volunteer on board?

If you fit the criteria, we look forward to receiving your application to become a member of the SOS MEDITERRANEE rescue team. Please fill out the application form.

Will I receive a notification after I apply?

The number of positions available onboard is very limited and the nature of our emergency operations require a very selective process of recruitment.

As we receive many applications, please understand that we don´t have the capacities to come back to every applicant individually. If we see a possibility for you to join our crew, our operational department will come back to you as soon as possible.